BOSTON (AP) – A motorist who killed a Super Bowl reveler when he drove his SUV into a crowd celebrating the New England Patriots’ 2004 championship was sentenced Tuesday to six to eight years in prison.

Stanley Filoma, 26, of Boston, was convicted of manslaughter in the death of James Grabowski, 21, on Feb. 1, 2004. Prosecutors said Filoma was drunk and trying to get away from police when he plowed his Toyota Land Cruiser into the crowd. Four other people were injured.

Filoma testified he feared for his own safety and panicked when two groups of people attacked his car.

Grabowski, the son of State Police Capt. Daniel Grabowski, was killed when Filoma’s car hit him head-on. On the night of the accident, he was visiting his brother, a student at Northeastern University.

He had planned to follow his father into the state police force, said his mother, Patricia.

“You stole those dreams from us,” his mother said looking at Filoma, seated in the courtroom. “You represent the opposite of everything that Jamie stood for in his life.

“I have seen no remorse – no genuine remorse – for what you did to my son and our family that day.”

Filoma, who admitted drinking several beers that night, had a blood-alcohol content of .09 percent, just over the legal limit in Massachusetts, more than four hours after the accident.



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